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2x4 Planter Boxes 


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2x4 Planter Boxes 

Written By: Jake Spurlock 



Chop saw (1) 
Drill (1) 
Measuring tape (1) 

2x4 Studs (7) 

You will need three studs and some 

scrap for each planter that you build. I 

got seven, for the two boxes that I built 

and had about 2.5 feet left over at the 


3" Wood Screws (11b) 

You could also use 16d nails. Personal 


Dirt/Manure/Potting Soil (4.5 Cubic Feet) 
This is up to you as the gardener. I used 
3 cubic feet of soil, then one cubic foot 
of steer manure/compost, and then 1.5 
cubic feet of potting soil on top. Check 
with the local nursery depending on what 
you are planting. 


A local Sonoma County tradition is the Occidental Farmers market. It is every Friday 
evening, and this Friday was my first time attending. Surprising to me was the large amount 
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of farmers selling not only fresh product from their farms, but also a lot of starts. I walked 
away with some winter squash, pumpkins, zucchini, long neck squash, two kinds of 
peppers, and some tomatoes. 

Step 1 — 2x4 Planter Boxes 

• Start with the lumber. At the Home 
Depot, I bought seven eight-foot 
studs. I had the lumber department 
cut them all in half for me. There 
was two reasons for this; first, I 
just had my car, and they wouldn't 
fit otherwise. Secondly, my goal 
with this project was to maximize 
the size of the beds to the length of 
the wood. 

• Sometimes with woodworking 
projects we can get a little too 
precise with things. This project 
isn't one of those. I don't use a 
square, and I measure and cut 
loosely. We aren't building a 
dollhouse here; we are building 
something that is going to sit in the 
dirt and weather. With that in mind, 
I counsel you, the dear reader: 
don't worry too much about the 
details. :) 

• With your new studs that are cut in 
half to 48 inches, take two of them, 
and cut them in half again to 24 
inches. These will be the top and 
the bottom of the box. 

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Step 2 

• Attach the first four pieces together into the basic box shape. Follow the photo for a guide. 
The shorter pieces should butt into the longer pieces. 

• When the basic box is built, add the legs to the corners. 

• When I built mine, I opted to have the legs a little longer than the sides. The reason for this 
was so that I could dig into the existing dirt and make it a little more secure. If you needed 
this built onto a slope, you could really accentuate this. 

• For those that don't know, 2x4s are actually about 1 .5 inches x 3.5 inches. I made my legs 
eight inches long so they would be about an inch taller than the box. 

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Step 3 

• With the legs in place, add the next 
row of lumber. With my boxes, I 
decided to make them two pieces 
tall. (About 8" off the ground.) If 
you wanted to make a taller box, or 
needed something that was going 
to have deeper roots, just make 
your legs taller, and then add more 

Step 4 

• With the boxes done, take care to level out the ground where you want to place them. I dug 
up the ground a little bit, and removed all of the weeds that were there. 

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Step 5 

• Next, get all the dirt to the backyard. 

• Make: Projects Top Tip: If you don't have a wheelbarrow, but you do a have a 
Burley Bike Trailer... 

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Step 6 

• After the ground is clear, add the soil to the boxes. 

• The nursery expert at the Home Depot had me use this concoction: 

• 3.5 cubic feet of soil 

• 1 cubic foot of steer manure 

• 1 .5 cubic foot of potting soil 

• I raked it together loosely, keeping the potting soil mostly on top. 

• Make: Projects Top Tip: If you can't find a trowel, a taping knife will work. Once 
again kids, this ain't rocket surgery. 

• Don't it look good when it's all planted! 

Step 7 

• Last step, and the most important. 
Get yourself a Dr. Pepper to enjoy 
on the back porch. After all, you 
deserve it. 

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